WSR 06-07-138

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed March 21, 2006, 11:24 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Industrial insurance premium rates, chapter 296-17 WAC, General reporting rules, classifications, audit and record keeping, rates and rating system for Washington workers' compensation insurance.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.16.035, 51.04.020(1), 51.16.100, and 51.18.010.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Labor and industries is required by law to establish and maintain a workers' compensation classification plan and set premium rates that maintain actuarial solvency of the accident and medical aid funds. By law, the plan must be consistent with recognized principles of insurance and rates adjusted annually or as needed to ensure solvency of the insurance trust funds.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state, local, or federal agency regulates this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in the development of these rules may contact the individual listed below. Interested parties may also participate during the public comment period by submitting written comments or giving oral testimony at the public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bill Moomau, Classification Services, P.O. Box 44148, Olympia, WA 98504-4148, phone (360) 902-4774, fax (360) 602-4729, e-mail moom235@Lni.wa.gov.

March 21, 2006

Gary Weeks

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office